something to be meant to use by Really anyone just looking for a capable shoe. It’s not too heavy but has enough weight and support to be durable and last you for plenty of miles. The Ghost 14 is the next iteration of this vision and improves on the recipe by improving the upper and extending the cushion in the midsole.
Quick Details, Specs, and Availability
- Solid updates to this flagship daily road shoe make it better than ever.
- Numerous versions include Hi-Viz models in the lineup.
- Weighs in at 9.9oz or 281g for a US Men’s 9, 9oz or 251g for a US Women’s 7.
- Features 35mm of cushion and has a 12mm heel/toe drop.
- Retails at $130.00 USD and comes in 11 colors for Men and Women.
The Ghost seems to go through a lot of changes year-over-year, but it somehow retains the same purpose and form factor. Brooks isn’t content to let it just be, in a good way, and the Ghost 14 is a perfect example of this. It gets a fully updated 3D fit upper and they then moved the entire midsole to their softer DNA Loft platform leading to a softer overall ride than you may have felt before. The Ghost is also a bit of a swiss army knife as a shoe. It is a shoe that services most recreational runners well given it can take on a variety of distances, is pretty easy on the legs, and while it’s not meant to go fast, it is light enough that you can dial it up if you want to.
On foot, the upper makes really nice use of mixed materials to give you stretch and roominess in the toe box, while adding a bit of lateral stability at the midfoot and then ending at a nice moderately cushioned heel. They aren’t as plush and comfy as something like the Glycerin, but comfortable nonetheless. Underfoot, the move to DNA Loft makes things clearly feel softer overall and while this might dampen the ride a little bit, the loss of weight allows them to still be a little quicker when you want them to be.
Running wise, this is just a throw on your foot and go kind of shoe. It doesn’t take any break in and it runs almost the same from day 1 to day 100. A more performance-oriented runner would typically reserve these for easier or recovery days, and that is simply because Brooks has better tempo and speed day shoes. Recreational runners could use these at everything from their first 5k all the way up to a marathon and still feel pretty comfortable. It is not a record-breaking shoe, but has great utility and does its job well.
The upper on the Brooks 14 features a 3D printed updated fit that provides a pretty solid balance between stretch and structural elements. The tongue is decently padded along with the heel cup given you a nice comfortable on foot feel. The toe box does feel a touch narrow but no different from prior iterations from what we can tell.
Brooks has updated the midsole on the Ghost 14 to move to full DNA Loft across the entire foot. This gives the midsole a softer feel overall but doesn’t get too soft that you can’t still get some performance out of them. It also still remains incredibly durable so expect a lot of miles out of these.
The outsole on the Ghost 14 features a decent amount of under foot rubber as well as a new segmented crash pad. While this contributes somewhat to the weight, it makes these things grip really well and makes them last quite a while.
Style and Aesthetics
The Ghost 14 comes in a ton of colors for both men and women, some of which definitely help it shake the dad feel some folks don’t like about them historically. Their Hi-Viz version provides a high level of visibility during the darker hours while also remaining true to the same platform.
The Brooks Ghost remains a staple shoe in the Brooks line up and the Ghost 14 is a perfect example of them leaning into what works but by adding a little extra. Our only caveat is that some folks might find that full foot DNA Loft to be a bit soft and that is something we’ve heard quite a bit lately even with shoes like the Glycerin as well. For us, it still runs incredibly well as a daily trainer and if you are a single shoe neutral runner with no foot issues and are knocking out 10 miles or under on occasion, this is a really easy choice for you. The fact it comes in so many color options makes it that much better.
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